chiefly a fertile grain country, rolling or rather swelling in very low waves and wide ones, summits often several miles apart, no large boulders though plainly drift clad. Looks like our western prairies, a truly beautiful country; though no hill I have seen appears to exceed 100 or 200 feet in height. My barometer at Moscow read 500 above sea (don’t know the correction). Now 3:00 P.M. about 550. Perhaps 200 too high. Saw crows and blackbirds sitting unalarmed within 30 feet of swift moving train. Weather very hot, 89 in car. Glorious cumulus clouds over all the sky like mountain ranges. Barometer now reads about 200 feet too high. Kief, population 285,000 on the Dnieper. Cooler towards evening. Moon nearly full - passed better night. No sleep after 4 A.M. on account of common houseflies more prickly-footed than ours and harder to catch. July 10th. Lovely morning, looked out of window at 4 A.M. Arose at 6. Men at work at 4 in the extensive grainfields. Saw only one American reaper. Ground level, not so fertile as yesterday. Altitude about 400 feet. Shortly
Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.
Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library
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